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Sustainable Climate Change Adaptation in Indian Country

July 2017

Limited land and resource rights allocated to indigenous peoples in the United States create structural barriers that restrict many tribes’ ability to sustainably manage natural resources and adapt to climate change. This article reviews these barriers, and how land fragmentation and policies that hinder a tribe’s authority and control of natural resources restrict their capacity to manage climate change risks. After describing the history of political barriers for tribes, the report is primarily a case study of water rights and management at the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.

Related Organizations: North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Bayside Adapts Initiative - Portland, Maine

2017

The City of Portland, Maine created the Bayside Adapts initiative to work with community members and organizations to adapt the Bayside neighborhood of downtown Portland to climate change impacts. The initiative includes two completed projects - the Bayside Adapts Design Challenge and the Sewer and Stormwater System Data Gap Analysis - which address the impacts of sea level rise, storm surges, and increased intense rainfall events in Bayside.

Related Organizations: City of Portland, Maine

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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USFWS Tribal Wildlife Grants

May 2017

Administered by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Tribal Wildlife Grants program is a competitive grant program available to federally-recognized Indian tribes to conserve fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats. More than $60 million has gone to Native American tribes through the Tribal Wildlife Grants program since 2003, providing support for 350 conservation projects administered by participating Federally-recognized tribes. This wildlife conservation funding includes that for the focal species of Native American cultural or traditional importance, and species that are not hunted or fished.

Related Organizations: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Colorado Executive Order 2017-015: Supporting Colorado’s Clean Energy Transition

July 11, 2017

On July 11, 2017, Governor John Hickenlooper signed Executive Order 2017-015 to support Colorado’s transition to clean energy. Recognizing that clean air is one of Colorado’s essential resources, the executive order establishes goals related to increasing energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reductions in the state, calling for appropriate agencies to work with “any interested electric utilities or cooperatives. " Although primarily focused on climate mitigation efforts, the executive order is noteworthy for adaptation because it calls for state agencies to partner with municipalities to more closely collaborate and further local resiliency.

Related Organizations: State of Colorado

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When Rising Seas Hit Home

July 12, 2017

According to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), hundreds of coastal communities in the U. S. have, or can expect to have, chronic and disruptive flooding inundation from sea level rise in the next few decades. This study identifies all of these communities that will experience enough severe flooding to require either large investments to defend or accommodate sea level rise, or, have to retreat and relocate. The analysis also identifies the “response time” remaining before such flooding occurs, and therefore gives affected communities perspective on the time they have to prepare.

Related Organizations: Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Resilient Boston: An Equitable and Connected City

July 13, 2017

The Resilient Boston plan focuses on racial equity, social cohesion and resilience strategies for Boston, Massachusetts. The report outlines visions, goals and actions that support climate change adaptation measures and solutions targeting the most vulnerable residents in the city. Resilient Boston is part of the city’s participation in the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative. 

Related Organizations: City of Boston, Massachusetts, 100 Resilient Cities

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Cities Taking Action: How the 100RC Network is Building Urban Resilience

July 20, 2017

Developed by the Rockefeller Foundation, 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) is a non-profit dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to climate change and other compounding stressors (e. g. high unemployment, aging infrastructure, social inequality).  This report describes seven projects that exemplify urban resilience strategies supported by 100RC, and highlights 33 additional projects across 25 more member cities worldwide which are working on similar resilience challenges.

Related Organizations: The Rockefeller Foundation

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s Environmental Justice Toolkit

July 27, 2017

Prepared by the Air and Climate Public Advisory Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG), this toolkit provides an overview of environmental justice principles and outlines a series of approaches to better achieve environmental justice goals in the Washington, DC metro area. For each approach, the toolkit lists a number of additional resources that can be used to operationalize the recommendation.

Related Organizations: Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG, COG)

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Resilience Dividend Valuation Model: Framework Development and Initial Case Studies

August 1, 2017

This paper summarizes a framework developed by the RAND Corporation and the Rockefeller Foundation for valuing the benefits of an adaptation intervention. The framework is meant to allow practitioners to compare options and assess the value of policies more comprehensively than is possible using indices or scorecards. The paper outlines the technical elements of the “Resilience Dividend Valuation Model (RDVM)” and concludes with examples of how the model was applied in Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Vietnam, and the United States.

Related Organizations: RAND Corporation, The Rockefeller Foundation

Authors or Affiliated Users: Craig Bond, Aaron Strong, Nicholas Burger, Sarah Weilant, Uzaib Saya, Anita Chandra

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Seattle, Washington Climate Preparedness Strategy

August 2017

The Seattle Climate Preparedness Strategy presents a plan to improve the resilience of the city’s infrastructure and services to climate change. Seattle’s overarching climate resilience vision is to reduce emissions and prepare for climate-related impacts while building vibrant neighborhoods, fostering economic prosperity, and enhancing equity. The strategy considers climate change’s impacts on many of Seattle’s public sectors, and suggests strategies for the city to reduce or eliminate those impacts in each sector.

Related Organizations: City of Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment

Resource Category: Planning

 

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